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  • F.T. Wolf

Let’s Talk About Legend’s Behrad

Updated: Jun 27

and how with his death comes a lot of missed potential.

The legends just don't seem to be able to catch a break. The departure of Ray and Nora is still being felt and now the Legends have lost yet another team-member: Behrad. In last week's episode we finally get to meet Charlie's sisters, the other 2 members of the sisters of fate, who are after the pieces of the loom Charlie broke. One of them manages to infiltrate the Waverider to get the piece stored there and when Behrad tries to stop her, his 'string of life' is taken from his body and cut, killing him.

Shayan Shobian as Behrad Tarazi.

Introduced in the 3rd season of the show, Behrad was Zari's younger brother and original bearer of the air-totem living in a rather dark future were meta-humans and any other similar concepts like magic were outlawed and hunted down. He, alongside most of his family, was killed before the Legend runs into Zari and the totem was passed to her. The death of Zari's family, and his, in particular, is Zari's motivation for joining the Legends and the impact it has is defining aspect of her character. With the Legends changing the future at the end of season 4, Behrad's fate got rewritten and he ended up joining the Legends in Zari's stead, with the dark future averted. This is where we find him at the beginning of the current season, with Behrad a full-fledged member of the team and Zari nowhere to be seen. I, like many others, I was very apprehensive toward Behrad. It seemed obvious that he wouldn't stick around for long but due to a charming performance by Shayan Sobhian and good writing and his interaction with the new version of Zari especially helped to flesh out both characters. Which is what makes Behrads death not just sad, but also results in a lot of lost potential.

With Ray's departure, the Legends have not only lost a valued friend but also their tech expert and most important of all, a storm of positive energy. Even in the first season of Legends, which had quite a few problems, Ray stood out characters in large part due to his big heart. Ray is the kind of guy that always tries to see the best in people and believe in their inherent goodness without falling in the pitfall of being obliviously naïve. Behrad has characteristic that could fill both aspects. He's tech-savvy, being the Waverider's mechanic and hacker, he has a laid-back and